Media Release – Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Success

The Wide Bay Burnett has secure more than $7.5 million in funding to create jobs and build stronger communities through the Commonwealth Government’s Building Better Regions Fund announced last week.

The $208 million Building Better Regions Fund is a competitive grants program that provides funding for
infrastructure and community investment projects that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger
regional communities into the future.

Grant funding was available through two funding streams:

  • The Infrastructure Projects Stream: Supports projects that involve construction of new infrastructure, or the
    upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure
  • The Community Investments Stream: Funds community development activities including, but not limited to,
    new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities

Across the Wide Bay Burnett $264,440 was invested in community investment projects and $7.24 million in
infrastructure.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDAWBB) Director of Regional Development Scott Rowe said he was delighted with the number of successful projects across the region.

“The Wide Bay Burnett did very well, especially in Bundaberg where the Mon Repos Turtle Centre Redevelopment received $3.75 million and the Aeromedical Hub for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Life Flight received $3 million,” Mr Rowe said.

“The aeromedical hub is a first for regional Queensland and will better cater for emergency and lifesaving air
services to better protect the community while the Mon Repos Centre will now be able to offer a wold-class, yearround experience.”

Mr Rowe said it was also pleasing to see $95,780 provided to create a new agricultural strategy for the Monto
district and $25,000 for online support services for the Fraser Coast’s veteran community.”

The Commonwealth Government has announced a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund which is
expected to open later in the year.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, Dr John McVeigh, said 136 projects would receive grant funding of $208.2m in this round.

The full list of successful local recipients is attached.

For more information please contact Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Director of
Regional Development Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697.

Community Investments stream funding offers – Round 2 Wide Bay Burnet

Applicant Organisation Project Title Project Description Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
Bundaberg Regional Council Netball Queensland Primary Schools Cup 2018 The project will comprise of a sponsorship arrangement with Netball Queensland to host the 2018 Primary Schools Cup. It is anticipated that the event will attract 2,600 visitors to the region. Kensington $17,600 $17,600
Bundaberg Regional Council Childers Festival Strategic Planning The project will develop a concept for an additional element to the annual Childers Festival with the aim of increasing visitor numbers by 3,000. The exercise will involve stakeholders from the community to participate in the decision making process. Bundaberg $18,060 $18,060
Burnett Catchment Care Association Agricultural Strategy for the Monto District (North Burnett, QLD) The project will develop an agricultural strategy for the Monto district based on agricultural practices in the region, and the assessment of industry changes, including consideration for natural disaster mitigation, and economic/market/environmental trends. Monto $95,780 $95,780
Fraser Coast Regional Council Veteran Community Initiatives Strategy The project will establish an online support network for veterans, as well as establishing the Fraser Coast as a more desirable destination for veterans to live and work. Maryborough $25,000 $50,000
Fraser Coast Regional Council Discover Fraser Coast – Tourism Wayfinding Signage Story Trail Strategy The project will engage a consultant to undertake regional and external consultation and investigations to deliver a tourism wayfinding,signage, story trail strategy and implementation plan. Fraser Coast $75,000 $150,000
Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc Kingaroy BaconFest 2018 The project will create an inaugural Kingaroy BaconFest incorporating multiple bacon1 or pork-related themed events. Kingaroy $33,000 $66,000

Infrastructure Projects Stream funding offers – Round 2
Wide Bay Burnett

Applicant Organisation Project Title Project Description Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
Fraser Coast Regional Council Land Side Support Infrastructure – Maryborough South Street Boat Ramp The construction of Stage 1 and 2 proposes to build land-side infrastructure designed primarily for launching and retrieving of trailer-borne recreational vessels to support the investment made by the state government in upgrading the boating ramp.

  • Construction of purpose-built, landside infrastructure designed primarily for launching and retrieving of trailerborne recreational vessels.
  • Formalisation of access and manoeuvring.
  • Rigging and securing areas
  • Construction 23 of boat and trailer carparking area, and
  • Lighting and other boating amenities.

The project will improve boat ramp efficiency by clearly delineating rigging and securing areas, as well as maximising the amount of car parking to support this popular boat ramp, and provides new capacity for growth in community sports and recreational activities, commercial and economic growth opportunities.

Maryborough $390,328 $780,655
Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland Life flight Rescue Helicopter Service Bundaberg Aeromedical Hub Construction of a state-of-the-art aeromedical hub at Bundaberg Regional Airport.
Your co-located new aeromedical hub would not only provide dedicated adjacent hangars (one each) for both fixed wing and rotary wing asset, it will also contain a patient transfer facility that will enable greater efficiency in hospital bed management and discharge, greater comfort for patients awaiting air ambulance transport and their visiting families. With improved ambulance access, the transfer of patients from road to air will be more streamlined helping with clinical handover.
Visiting RFDS aeromedical aircraft and crews from Rockhampton and Brisbane will also have ample apron and taxi way access to the new Base, utilising both the patient transfer facility and the expanded office amenities to good effect. More than 1,000 patients are transferred to and from the Bundaberg Wide Bay region by these visiting crews – 3,000 patients in total when combined with the activity of the Bundaberg- based RFDS crew.
This pioneering infrastructure delivers life-saving community and social benefit decades after the period of initial construction and will further help alleviate stress of patients and their families in times of crisis.
The economic and social benefits of this co-located facility will ultimately save the Queensland Health Service millions of dollars and free up acute accident and emergency beds and frontline staff for patients in their greatest time of need.
Bundaberg $3,000,000 $6,000,000
Bundaberg Regional Council Mon Repos Turtle Centre Redevelopment The partnership between Bundaberg Regional Council and the Queensland Department of National Parks, Sports and Racing to redevelop the turtle centre demonstrates the commitment to deliver a project that blends both tourism and conservation, showcasing a world-class visitor experience and developing a centre of excellence for turtle research and conservation.
Redevelopment of this important regional tourism asset is critical to properly highlight the importance of turtle conservation and elevate the ‘must do’ ecotourism attraction in the Bundaberg region.
It upholds the desired outcomes of the Building Better Regions Fund which are to drive economic development, make the region a more attractive place to live and foster partnerships across their community.
Along with a new visitor centre, state of the art interpretive design, and upgraded research facilities this project will bring the following benefits:

  • Position Mon Repos as an iconic wildlife experience and world leader in the interpretation and presentation of encounters with marine turtles
  • Deliver economic benefits and job growth associated with key regional tourism priorities, and provide flow on economic activity through increased visitation to the Bundaberg Region
  • Attract resources and partners to grow research and conservation efforts to protect this endangered species and the State’s natural assets.

Provide social benefits by establishing partnerships with local organisations to develop cultural tourism experiences and indigenous training and employment opportunities in ecotourism in the broader region. The project (stage 2) will construct interpretive signage and interactive displays, upgrade landscaping, boardwalks and pathways and provide further carpark upgrades and picnic facilities.

Bundaberg $3,750,000 $7,500,000
Coral CoastCommunityCare Inc. Bubs and Kids permanent facility with counselling room The project will build a new permanent building to house free baby and children’s clothing, furniture, nursery goods and other associated goods and to provide a meeting place for socially and financially disadvantaged families. Bargara $68,913 $137,826
Wondai Regional Art Gallery Inc. Wondai Art Gallery Extension: Building A Better Wondai The project will extend the Wondai Art Gallery to include a catering kitchen and storage facilities. Wondai $31,000 $62,000